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What is Google Sheets and How Does Google Sheets Work?

The Google Sheets app is a free, cloud-based spreadsheet program.

In this article, we will look at Google Sheets and will try to answer all your questions with regards to this most popular online spreadsheet program.

Let’s start.


What is Google Sheets?

Google Sheets is an online spreadsheet that offers all of the functionality of a regular spreadsheet.

You can create, edit, and share your work on Google Sheets with other people on the web. As for formatting, you can use fonts, colors, tables, charts, comments, formula bar etc.

With Google Sheets, you can collaborate on your spreadsheet with other people in real-time.

When you create a spreadsheet that you or your team will edit and share, Google Sheets makes it easy to add people and get updates when they make changes. You can work together on spreadsheets with up to 50 other people.

It’s a lot like Excel, but it runs in your browser and can be shared with other people.

Is Google Sheets the same as Excel?

No, Google Sheets is not the same as Excel. Google Sheets is a spreadsheet that you can use with your Google Drive account. It is available in the Chrome Web Store and on iOS devices, but it does not have some of the features of Excel.

Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet that you can use with your Microsoft account. It is available in the Windows Store for Windows 10, and on Mac OSX devices. Excel has more features than Google Sheets, including macros.

How do I use Google Sheets?

Google Sheets is a program that allows you to create, view and edit spreadsheets in your browser. To start using Google Sheets, click the ‘New’ button on the menu (or press Ctrl + N), which will open up an editor where you can start creating your spreadsheet.

What is Google Sheets Good For?

Google Sheets is fantastic for collecting data, organizing it in tables, and making charts. It’s also really great for sharing your spreadsheets with collaborators, which you can do by either giving them access to edit or read-only. You can even use Google Sheets offline if you’re using the Chrome browser on a computer.

It’s also really great for importing data from other sources like Excel files (cut-and-paste), online web pages that provide RSS feeds in XML format, or databases that provide JSON formatted responses. You can then export the data in formats like CSV, XLSX, etc., for easy import into other tools like Numbers or Excel.

How do I access Google Sheets?

Navigate to https://docs.google.com and log in with your Google account (the one you set up on the Chromebook).

How to merge cells in Google Sheets?

  • Open a Google Sheets spreadsheet on your Computer.
  • To combine rows, columns, or cells, select them.
  • Select Format from the drop-down menu at the top. Select how you want your cells to be combined before merging them.

How to make a Graph in Google Sheets?

Follow these steps in order to make a graph in google sheets:

  1. Open the spreadsheet.
  2. Select the “Insert” button in the toolbar.
  3. Select “Graph.” A menu pops up with many different types of graphs that you can insert into your spreadsheet.
  4. Select one of them and they will be inserted into the spreadsheet.
  5. Customize the graph by dragging it around, resizing it, or changing its appearance.

How to Freeze a Row in Google Sheets?

  1. Open a Google Sheets spreadsheet on your Computer.
  2. Choose whether you wish to freeze or unfreeze a row or column.
  3. Select View from the drop-down menu at the top and then Freeze.
  4. Select the number of rows or columns to be frozen.

How to lock cells in Google Sheets?

  • Right-click on the cell you wish to lock.
  • Select “Protect range” from the menu that appears.
  • Click ‘Add a sheet or range’ in the ‘Protected Sheets and Ranges’ box that appears on the right. Give the cell you’re locking a description.

How to Wrap Text in Google Sheets?

On Google Sheets, you can wrap the text using the Format tab.

  1. You must use Google Sheets to open the spreadsheet.
  2. Select the cells, columns, or rows that you want to text wrap now.
  3. Select Format -> Text wrapping -> Wrap from the Format menu.

How to alphabetize in Google Sheets?

Google Sheets has clear instructions for alphabetizing lists. Open the list in a table, then click on the “Data” tab. On this tab, there is a button that says “Sort.”

This will open up a drop-down menu where you can select “Sort Sheet by Column A.” Finally, click the arrow next to the drop-down menu and find “A-Z.”

This will automatically alphabetize your list.

How to Find Duplicates in Google Sheets?

To find duplicates in Google Sheets, you can use the FILTER option.

You can either choose to search for a duplicate by a single column or in all columns. To find duplicates in a single column, drag the cursor over the cell that you want to search for a duplicate and then click on Filter.

Select Duplicate Values from the drop-down menu and then press OK. To find duplicates in all columns, drag the cursor over the range of cells that you want to search for duplicates and select Data>Filter>Duplicate Values from the menus.

How to Add Columns in Google Sheets?

You can use the following steps to add columns in Google Sheets:

1. Click on the column you want to add the column next to.

2. Click ‘Insert’ on the top toolbar.

3. Choose ‘Columns’ from the drop-down menu that appears.

4. Choose how many columns you want to insert, then click ‘OK’.

5. The new column will be inserted, and you can fill in the data.

How to Subtract in Google Sheets?

To subtract numbers in cells:

1. Enter the number you would like to subtract in a cell, B5 for example.

2. Select a cell where the answer will be placed, B6 for example.

3. Press =-B5 or B5-B6 depending on which is simpler to enter in your spreadsheet.

4. Enter the number in the cell that will display the answer, B6 for example.

5. Repeat steps 1-4 with different numbers to see the subtraction in action!

How to make a Histogram in Google Sheets?

A histogram is a type of chart that shows the distribution of data.

A histogram can be made in Google Sheets using the following steps:

1. Select your data in the sheet, click Insert button -> Chart -> Edit chart.

2. Now select Histogram and then click OK to create a Histogram graph in Google Sheets.


So these are some of the most commonly asked questions on Google Sheets.

We will keep updating this article to include more topics for you to explore.

Thanks for reading!


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